Newly-Appointed DUP Leader Edwin Poots Resigns After Irish Language Deal

Newly-Appointed DUP Leader Edwin Poots Resigns After Irish Language Deal

They were angry at Mr Poots agreeing last night to a move by the British government to introduce Irish language legislation over the head of Stormont.

Mr Lewis flew into Belfast earlier in the day for talks with local politicians, saying he was exploring "all options" in efforts to keep power-sharing on track.

Sinn Fein will therefore participate fully in the five-party executive, McDonald said in a statement, clearing the way for Givan to become first minister. "We have important work ahead". As Givan could not begin his duties without a deputy, nationalists seized the moment to delay the appointment of their candidate and issue an ultimatum demanding the adoption of Irish language protection legislation.

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, announced on Thursday that he would step down, shortly after being elected to the post in May. The pair also drove from Stormont House without speaking to the media.

Poots' resignation comes as speculation of a vote of no confidence could be lodged against the leader who was elected to the role within the DUP just over a month ago on May 14.

So far, Givan is now is expected to be sworn into office as the new first minister, with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill as deputy first minister.

Britain's Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis said on Twitter that he expected the ratification of the new first minister to take place later on Thursday.

However, Sinn Fein had made clear it would not renominate, a move that would collapse the devolved Executive, unless the DUP agreed to press ahead with legislating on the Irish language.

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